Richard Beadsmoore
  • by H.E. Bates
    Wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker
    Gollancz, 1936 (first edition)
    bound 2013

    Sewn on five Pliester tapes with leather-jointed endpapers in lime-green Moriki Kozo and Griffen Mill Early Wove. Edges air-brushed and there are hand-sewn silk endbands. Laced into boards. Covered in full green Harmatan goatskin with gold and carbon tooling.

    A woodland clearing in winter as the sun highlights a single branch.
  • A.E. Housman
    Wood engravings by Nicholas Parry
    Tern Press, 1990. No. 138 of 225
    Signed by Nicholas and Mary Parry
    bound 2016

    The book is untrimmed and bound in grey Harmatan goatskin. There are hand-sewn silk endbands and the top edge is treated with graphite. The endpapers and paper doublures are air-brushed with a leaf design. The stylized trees are tooled in 23.5 carat gold and Caplain.

    The design of the binding was inspired by the poem 'Bredon Hill' with its landscape of trees and dry-stone walls.

    In the summer

    My love and I would lie
    And see the coloured counties
    And hear the larks so high

    But then winter comes, the writer’s love dies

    They tolled the one bell only
    Groom there was none to see
    The mourners followed after
    And so to church went she

    and we are plunged into a world of grief.

  • by William Shakespeare
    Illustrated by Rockwell Kent
    The Printing House of Leo Hart, Rochester, USA, 1931
    bound 2016

    Bound in burgundy goatskin with a scarf-jointed section of white that has been sprayed, then edged with gold and Caplain.

    Despite the best efforts of Venus, Adonis is obsessed with hunting. He is gored to death and his blood is transformed into anemones, their white petals splashed with red.
  • by David Mamet
    Wood engravings by Sarah Chamberlain
    Rebecca Press, Hyattsville, MD, 1989
    bound 2017

    Bound using various shades of red and brown leather and suede. Blind-tooled lines painted with black acrylic and gold tooling. The endpapers and edges are airbrushed and there are silk endbands.

    'The New House' is a short poem about how a new house ages along with its owners and becomes a repository of memories. The design is based around the idea of new and old doors.
  • 1973 Graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Drama
  • 2009 Took early retirement from the BBC after a long career as a sound designer in Radio Drama.
  • 2009-2013 Studied fine binding with Kathy Abbott at City Lit.
  • 2013 SoB International Competition, Fine Binding, Third prize for 'Shakespeare's Sonnets'.
  • 2013 Elizabeth Soutar Competition, Student Craft Prize for 'Through the Woods'.
  • 2016 Elected Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders.
  • 2016 The Sally Lou Smith Prize for Forwarding, DB Annual Competition.
  • 2017 The Bookbinding Competition, Clothworkers' Prize for best Open Choice Binding.
  • 2017 Society of Bookbinders International Competition, Harmatan Leather Award for Finishing.
  • 2021 American Academy of Bookbinding, Open/Set Competition, Highly Commended for Tooling.
  • Collections: National Library of Scotland and private collection in USA.
  • "As a ‘late developer’ I feel I have a lot of catching up to do, and to that end I’m now studying with Mark Cockram at Studio 5. I don’t know that I have a particular style, preferring to be guided by the text, but on reflection most of my bindings do have gold on them somewhere!"